PhD Studentship 2010 in Bioengineering/ Nanotechnology at University of Geneva in Italy
The research activities will take place mainly within the NBT Group (Neuroengineering and Bio-Nanotechnology Group) as part of an ample multidisciplinary EU project on composite phenotypic triggers for bone and cartilage repair. Brief research periods at project partners research laboratories may be required.
The main research focus will be on the development and application of Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM) based methods for micro- and nano-mechanical characterization of native and engineered tissues and the assessment of neotissue integration, as well as on relating micro- and nanomechanical response to tissue composition and structure. Examples of the group activities in the field can be found in “Early detection of aging cartilage and osteoarthritis in mice and patient samples using atomic force microscopy.” M.Stolz et al. Nature Nanotechnology Vol.4, 186-192 (2009) and in “Use of hydrodynamic forces to engineer cartilaginous tissues resembling the non-uniform structure and function of meniscus.” A.Marsano et al. Biomaterials. 27: 5927-5934 (2006).
Studentships will be awarded by open competition.
Requirements: Candidates should possess a Master Degree/University Diploma in Physics, Engineering, Biology or related fields. Attitude towards experimental work and instrument/software development is essential. Previous experience with AFM operation is a plus.
Application Deadline: Thursday, September 23, 2010
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